Two months left Nation, two! After months of getting only scarce evidence that Stephen was still alive, June came around and brought us a new website and lots and lots of things to look forward to every week. From videos, to podcasts, ‘press releases’, polls and tweets—we’ve been truly spoiled! This month’s edition of In The Press covers, among other things, anticipation for The Late Show, some more articles on the business side of late-night, and the upcoming Emmy nominations.
Comedy Central Launches Emmy Campaign With Big Social Media Push
Comedy Central is going big for the launch of its Emmys for your consideration campaign.
In what the network believes is a first, it is simultaneously releasing a video of some of its finest moments from the past year (see below) across all of its multiplatorm channels — from ComedyCentral.com to YouTube to SnapChat Discover to Facebook. The network says it has 140 million fans across these platforms.
“We are celebrating our talent certainly with Emmy voters, but also with our fans as well,” says Walter Levitt, Comedy Central’s Chief Marketing Officer.
[…] “They are incredible, iconic moments,” Levitt says. “We screen lots of episodes of our content and try to find the moments that best represent the incredible talent we have at Comedy Central. The team did an amazing job of highlighting all of our franchises in a way that is both fun and celebratory.”
Full Article: The Hollywood Reporter.
With April behind us, there are only four months left until Late Show with Stephen Colbert starts! (!!) Sadly, that also means there are only three months left of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. For now though, the good news is that Jon has been giving new interviews, and those are always a treat!
In this edition of In The Press, we also catch up with The Nightly Show and The Late Late Show, the new kids on the block of late-night TV, who are still trying to find their footing, as well as their audience. Have you guys been watching either (or both) show(s) regularly?
Finally, late night writers talk about improv and submitting writing packets… and stir up some controversy!
Hello again Hubsters! April is here, which means that, if Colbert Report writer Micheal Brumm is to be believed, Stephen’s team will start working on Late Show very soon!
The two big stories in March were the premiere of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS, and the announcement that Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. In this edition you’ll also find talk of SuperPACs, Kendrick Lamar’s performance on The Colbert Report, late night musical bookers, the technology behind our beloved fake news shows, as well as an interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
In case you were wondering how The Colbert Report appeared to live on in a recent episode of House of Cards months after TCR’s finale, show creator (an apparent Colbert Report fanboy) Beau Willimon explained how he got the two shows together:
‘House of Cards’ Creator Beau Willimon Dishes on Season 3’s Scandals and Surprises
By Marlow Stern
How did you swing The Colbert Report appearance in the premiere?
We simply asked! I’d had the pleasure of being on The Colbert Report and I think that Stephen is among the most talented people on the planet. We wanted to have an interesting way to get a sense of where the Underwood presidency was that wasn’t as obvious as simply a news anchor telling us, and we thought that would be more engaging, dramatic, and entertaining. I asked Stephen and thanked my lucky stars when he said yes. One of the things that we delighted in when we talked about it was that our fictional Colbert Report would exist beyond the real-life one. The Colbert Report never fully dies.
Full Interview: The Daily Beast.
In this month’s catch up we have a new comedy album from Paul Mecurio, interviews with Michael Brumm, Steve Carell and Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon has a new ice cream flavour, the Second City shares a clip from Steve Carell’s graduation, and Conan goes to Cuba!
Hello hubsters! My name is Louise, and I am your new “In The Press” correspondent. After lurking for a couple of years, I was given the opportunity to help the Nation keep up with the most important news of all: everything Colbert-related!
In February, Stephen reappeared for the first time since The Colbert Report ended, accompanied by a beard that didn’t go unnoticed, to say the least. But the big story last month came from former colleague Jon Stewart who announced he would be leaving The Daily Show later this year. We were all taken by surprise, if not by the decision itself (Jon had been hinting at the possibility for a while), then certainly by its timing, as most of us were expecting him to go through another Indecision cycle. Sadly, this wasn’t the only upsetting news out of the world of TV and journalism. Within the span of just three days, NBC’s Nightly News anchor Brian Williams got a six-month suspension, CBS correspondent Bob Simon died in a car accident, and New York Times writer David Carr died of lung cancer complications.
Almost two months after the news broke, we still don’t know when Jon Stewart will be leaving exactly, or who is going to replace him. People who looked like obvious candidates (Jessica Williams, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones) have already taken themselves out of the running.
Who would you guys want to see become the next host of The Daily Show, and how do you see the show changing in a post-Jon Stewart era? Also, what do you expect and/or want to see in Jon’s last episode?